California Residence for Tuition Purposes

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Establishing Residency

How to establish residency

The University of California uses the following information in establishing residence for purposes of tuition and fees:

Common Nonresident Tuition Exemptions

Nonresident exemption waivers

AB540 Eligibility 


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  • Statement of Legal Residence

    • New undergraduate and graduate students and returning students with an absence of two or more terms must submit a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR). This form is used to determine the fees that will be assessed. Students who do not submit the SLR will be classified as a Nonresident and will be assessed the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. 

      Students required to complete the SLR will be prompted on the To Do List in their MyUCSC portal.

  • Continuing students must submit a Petition for Change of Legal Residence Status to the Residency Deputy by the filing deadline.
  • Application for AB540 Nonresident Tuition Exemption

Self Support Documentation

Students required to provide evidence of financial independence must complete and submit the documentation and self support form that is relevant to the term for which they are seeking a California resident classification. The self support forms are found here.

Sending documents to the Residence Deputy

You may upload your documents ​at​. Follow the instructions for sharing your documents with the Residence Deputy.

Residency Filing Deadlines

Filing Periods for New Students to Complete the Online Statement of Legal Residence Form (SLR)

Filing periods for new students to complete the online Statement of Legal Residence form.


Filing Begins

Filing Ends


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Fall 2020 When Admitted May 6, 2020 June, 6 2020 June 6, 2020

Filing Periods for Continuing Students

The dates below are the filing periods for continuing UC Santa Cruz students.  Students must submit Petitions for Change of Legal Residence Status to the Residency Deputy by the filing deadline.  Petitions received after the deadline will be denied.  No exceptions will be made. 

Filing periods for continuing students to complete the online Statement of Legal Residence form. The columns describe dates for for filings to begin and end. The rows set out specific quarters for filings.


Filing Begins

Filing Ends

Fall 2019

June 1, 2019

September 26, 2019

Winter 2020

November 1, 2019

January 6, 2020

Spring 2020

February 1, 2020

March 30, 2020

Fall 2020

June 1, 2020

October 1, 2020

Residence Determination Dates

Residence determination dates. Column one spells out the term, column two the determination date.
Term Determination Date
Fall 2019 September 26, 2019
Winter 2020 January 6, 2020
Spring 2020 March 30, 2020
Fall 2020 October 1, 2020

NOTE: Students who have not been classified as of the registration fee deadline are liable for payment of their total assessed registration fees. 

Helpful Information for the Residency Cycle

For tips on navigating the residence determination process and completing the Statement of Legal Residence, select Helpful Information Through the Residency Cycle.

Residency Information for Tuition Purposes

The Residence Policy and Guidelines is the main source of residency information and is utilized by the Campus Residence Deputy to make determinations regarding residency. Read the full text of the Residency Policy and Guidelines here.

If you do not meet the University of California requirements for residence for tuition purposes on the residence determination date for each term in which you propose to attend the university, you must pay a Nonresident Supplemental Tuition in addition to all other fees. The residence determination date is the day instruction begins at the last of the University of California campuses to open for the quarter, and for schools on the semester system, the day instruction begins for the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions concerning residency can be found here.

Residency Zoom Drop-In Advising Session 

One-on-one virtual advising with a residence deputy is available. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the meeting host invites you in. 

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Web Access: Join meeting using this link.

Phone Access: Phone number +1 (669) 900 6833; use Meeting ID 917 3859 7107

Note: First-come first-served basis, 10 students maximum capacity based on limited resources. Although the Zoom meeting may appear “open” after these cutoff times, we will only be able to advise you if you entered the waiting room by the posted cutoff time and terms.  If time runs out, you may join the next drop-in session. Please have your UCSC ID card or other photo ID ready.  If you don't have your photo ID, we can only provide general information.

Drop-In Advising

Revised: 09/08/20